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Alpha DevCon Keynote 2018


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RJ Andrews
Founder, InfoWeTrust

Modern Business and the ‘Humanization of Information’

Data does not make a difference until it informs. Once we distinguish data and information, we can see that better forms of information are possible. Better information makes an impact on the real world. Learn how to create better information with data storyteller RJ Andrews.

The special opportunities of mobile screens create a new spectrum of possibility. New data, new hardware, and new systems demand a fresh look at how we inform. Most new is a workforce more hungry for information than ever before. Understand the natural ways everyone, no matter their data-literacy, interprets visual information. With people's biases in mind, we can design better business tools and communication.

This year’s DevCon Keynote speaker is data storyteller RJ Andrews. He will discuss how to tell meaningful business stories with data. RJ will share insights from his award-winning work “humanizing information” that Alpha Software developers can apply to their own projects.

About RJ Andrews

RJ Andrews is an award-winning data storyteller. He is interested in creating new ways to look at the world. RJ's first book, Info We Trust, is a lavish adventure through how to inspire the world with data. RJ’s creative problem-solving has established him as a sought-after consultant. Recent clients include Microsoft, Budweiser, and Pearson. He recently spoke to business leaders and data strategists at Netflix and Stanford University. RJ has a Masters of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Enjoy RJ's data stories at www.infoWeTrust.com.


Special Program for 2018


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Deconstructing a Web and Mobile App


Watch as Alpha Software President and Co-founder Selwyn Rabins deconstructs a complete Web
and Mobile application system:

   - See how to build the mobile part
    - See how to build the web part
    - See how to tie the mobile and web parts together into one integrated system
    - Learn how the apps are deployed to Alpha Launch and Alpha Cloud 

It’s the ultimate overview of Alpha Anywhere capabilities and development life cycle. 

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"Meet the Doctor" 2018

At Alpha DevCon 2018, we're offering a limited number of complimentary, 30-minute face-to-face meetings with an Alpha Anywhere engineer. Learn more. 


Alpha Software Speakers


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Richard Rabins
CEO

 

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Selwyn Rabins
President
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Dan Bricklin
CTO
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Bob Moore
VP/Mobility

 

 

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Kurt Rayner
VP/R&D
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Cian Chambliss
Sr. Programmer
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Lenny Forziati
VP/Internet Products & Technical Services
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Greg Bohling
Professional Services Manager

 

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Terry Smith
Software Engineer
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Sarah Mitchell
Technical Writer
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Dion McCormick
Lead Solutions Engineer
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Chris Martin
Solutions Engineer
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Dave McCormick
VP/Product Management
  • Alpha DevCon 2018 MC
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Joe Ryan
VP/Sales & Business Development

Special Panels


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Alpha Engineering Panel

A freeform Q&A session with the team that designed and developed Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm.
Moderator: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software
Panelists: Dan Bricklin, CTO; Cian Chambliss, Sr. Programmer; Kurt Rayner, VP/R&D; Lenny Forziati, VP/Internet Products & Technical Services; Bob Moore, VP/Mobility; Terry Smith, Software Engineer

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Developer Panel: Growing Your Business with Alpha

The addition of Alpha TransForm to the Alpha line-up opens up exciting new opportunities for our enterprise customers, and system integrators and IT consultant partners.  Hear how TransForm is being used to create apps that digitize a broad range of business workflows and processes, and is being utilized as a mobile app front-end for existing desktop solutions. Learn from a panel of Alpha Software developers as they share experiences and practical advice on how to demonstrate business value, build support for your projects and grow your business.

Moderator: Joe Ryan, Vice President/Sales & Business Development


DEVCON 2018 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE*


  Wednesday
8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Welcome (Presented by Richard Rabins, CEO, Alpha Software Corporation)
9:10 AM Keynote:  (RJ Andrews, Founder, InfoWe Trust): Modern Business and the ‘Humanization of Information’

Data does not make a difference until it informs. Once we distinguish data and information, we can see that better forms of information are possible. Better information makes an impact on the real world. Learn how to create better information with data storyteller RJ Andrews. The special opportunities of mobile screens create a new spectrum of possibility. New data, new hardware, and new systems demand a fresh look at how we inform. Most new is a workforce more hungry for information than ever before. Understand the natural ways everyone, no matter their data-literacy, interprets visual information. With people's biases in mind, we can design better business tools and communication. This year’s DevCon Keynote speaker is data storyteller RJ Andrews. He will discuss how to tell meaningful business stories with data. RJ will share insights from his award-winning work “humanizing information” that Alpha Software developers can apply to their own projects.

10:00 AM Introducing the Comprehensive Alpha Platform 
(Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)
Learn how Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm work together as a single standard for mobile and web app development. Mobile apps that once took days now take just minutes. By combining the power of both, customers and developers gain massive competitive advantages. Customers see accelerated time to value, and development organizations can now prototype and complete projects in a fraction of the time compared to other developers.
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM

Alpha TransForm - A Mobile App Game Changer 
(Presented by: Dan Bricklin, CTO, Alpha Software Corporation)
Experience all the new features and functionality of TransForm, which has gained significant traction among our customers and partners. Dan Bricklin will walk through these additions, including the new TransForm Programming Language and how customers are putting them to work. 

noon Lunch
1:00 PM Deconstructing a Web and Mobile App 
(Presented by: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)
We'll start backwards! In this session, we'll take a functioning web and mobile application, and pull it apart piece by piece to see how it was made. You'll leave with a strong understanding of the best practices for designing, architecting and developing both mobile and desktop/web apps in Alpha Anywhere. 
2:00 PM What's New In Alpha Anywhere
(Presented by: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)

2:45 PM Break
  Track 1: Speeding Development and Deployment of Sophisticated Business App  Track 2: Embracing Digital Innovation to Compete
3:00 PM Technical Session: Tips and Techniques for Creating and Publishing and Your Own Web Services Using APIs
Publishing APIs with Alpha Anywhere APIs have revolutionized the way software is created and deployed. Online banking, e-commence, and all modern systems of record rely on APIs to exchange information. And, by the end of this session, you'll come up away with the skills to  create and publish your own web services - for you use with other Alpha apps - or apps written using any other platform or language. 
Customer Case Study: SaaS Vertical Application: Animal Welfare Software
(Presented by: Steve Workings, Developer, OERCA; Mark Simmons, Managing Partner, OERCA; Todd Feucht, Managing Partner, OERCA) 
OERCA (One Earth Research Conservation Application) is the world's premier zoological information and animal welfare management app, managing water quality and care for thousands of fish and other animals in over 1700 exhibits in 225 locations. OERCA has set the standard for a new world of animal care and species preservation on desktops and mobile devices. In 2018, after a few months' collaboration with a name-brand North American customer, OERCA released a new Water Management suite combined with a Treatment Request & Authorization system for more informed and accurate care and record-keeping. In this presentation, developer Steve Workings will provide a tour of the new app and discuss how critical requirements gathering with leading animal welfare experts Mark Simmons and Todd Feucht produced one of the largest and most complex Alpha Anywhere applications ever built.
4:00 PM Technical Session: Adding Amazing New Functionality to Your Mobile and Web Apps with APIs 

OCR, payment processing, media streaming, SMS messaging, language translation, route mapping, text to speech - if you can think of it, there is probably already an API to do it. In this session you'll learn where to find these APIs and how to add amazing functionality to your mobile and desktop/web applications. Topics include the API explorer, OAS, Swagger - and everything you need to know.



TransForm Customer Success Story: Power Generation & Oil/Gas Use
(Presented by: Andrew Rachel, Software Development Manager, Rev1 Power Services
Rev1 Power Services is a global leader in power industry staffing, project management, installation and commissioning, and maintenance services. It has a workforce in more than 17 countries and partnerships with dozens of leading firms including General Electric, AEP, Alstom, Black and Veatch, Burns and McDonnell and Florida Power & Light. In this presentation, Andrew Rachel will discuss how his team is driving business innovation by empowering a wide range of employees to mobilize business processes with TransForm.

5:00 PM Break
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
  Thursday
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  Tack 1: Building Sophisticated Offline Mobile Apps and Mobile Optimized Forms  Track 2: Embracing Digital Innovation to Compete
9:00 AM Technical Session: Lightning Fast Mobile App Deployments and Redeployments
Gain the skills you need to deploy new mobile apps in minutes and update apps in seconds, using a suite of Alpha technologies, including PhoneGap shell, Alpha Launch and Instant Update. See methods of adding mobile apps to complement existing systems and workflows.
For SI and IT Consulting Partners: Growing Your Business with Alpha 
(Moderated by: Joe Ryan, VP of Sales, Alpha Software) 
The addition of Alpha TransForm to the Alpha line-up opens up exciting new opportunities for our enterprise customers, and system integrators and IT consultant partners.  Hear how TransForm is being used to create apps that digitize a broad range of business workflows and processes, and is being utilized as a mobile app front-end for existing desktop solutions. Learn from a panel of Alpha Software developers as they shares experiences and practical advice on how to demonstrate business value, build support for your projects and grow your business.

Partner Spotlight: XAPP Design
(Presented by: Sean O'Kelly, Managing Partner, XAPP Design)
10:00 AM Technical Session: Stylizing Applications - New Out of the Box Templates and How to Use Them Customer Case Study: Creating Life Stories with AllTold® & the Alpha Cloud
(Presented by: Robin Bennett, Director, Start Software) 
AllTold® is a new Alpha Cloud based app conceived by two psychologists and Start Software Director Robin Bennett. The app helps senior citizens combat social isolation and loneliness while strengthening their memories by enabling them to record and share their life story for family and friends. In this presentation, Robin Bennett will provide an overview of the software, how it was built using Alpha Software technology and some feedback from the Humana Healthcare pilot of the app.
10:45 AM Break
  Track 1: Building Sophisticated Offline Mobile Apps and Mobile Optimized Forms Track 2: Embracing Digital Innovation to Compete
11:00 AM Technical Session: Web Apps - How to build and deploy standalone web applications and web applications that augment mobile applications. A review of techniques and available resources Customer Case Study: GBS Enterprises
(Larry Mandras, CTO/CFO, GBS Enterprises)
11:30 AM Technical Session: IIS Publishing - The hassle-free way to deploy on IIS Professional Services Best Practices: Managing App Delivery in a Decentralized World
(Presented by: Greg Bohling, Director of Technical Services, Alpha Software) 
Traditional software delivery uses well-established project management methodologies to control quality, budget and time. But how can these processes keep up when development is delegated to line-of-business users and applications can be created in a matter of minutes?  This session provides some tools and techniques for managing the development of TransForm applications while still empowering business users to create the tools they need.
noon  PM Lunch
1:00 PM Engineering Panel/Q&A: A freeform Q&A session with the Alpha Software Engineers
(Panelists from Alpha Software Engineering Team: Selwyn Rabins, Dan Bricklin, Kurt Rayner, Cian Chambliss, Lenny Forziati, Bob Moore, Terry Smith)
2:00 PM Using TransForm with Alpha Anywhere: A review of the built-in integrations that allow you to simply connect TransForm accounts to your Alpha Anywhere environment
(Presented by Dan Bricklin, CTO, Alpha Software Corporation)
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Alpha Platform Roadmap
(Presented by: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)
4:00 PM App Teardown: Reverse engineering of a complex, highly designed Alpha Anywhere 
(Presented by: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)
4:45 PM Closing Session
(Presented by: Richard Rabins, CEO; Selwyn Rabins, President; Dan Bricklin, CTO, Alpha Software Corporation)
5:00 PM Evening Free - Get Ready for Training!
  Friday - Post-Conference Training
8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
  AM: Building
9:00 - 10:00 AM Q&A on Thursday's App Teardown (Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Building and Deploying Web Apps
Get up to speed with building and deploying web applications. You'll see what it takes to build enterprise-class applications with excellent user experiences; then deploying, updating and managing them quickly -- all using a real application.
12:30 PM Lunch
  PM: Deploying
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Building and Deploying Mobile Apps
Get up to speed with building and deploying mobile apps. You'll see what it takes to build offline-capable, enterprise-class applications using best practices, including deployments and updates. 

 

*sessions subject to change as schedule evolves